Mathematics Program Requirements
Faculty
 Spencer Bagley
 Bill Bynum
 Jonas D’Andrea
 Sean Raleigh
 Bianca Thompson
 Janine Wittwer (Chair)
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Program Goals
 Critical Thinking
 To develop the cognitive and affective skills to address previously unsolved problems.
 In all courses, to construct wellreasoned arguments with no gaps, and critique the arguments of others. In more advanced courses, to learn to read and construct valid mathematical proofs, and critique proofs constructed by others.
 To learn appropriate uses of technology at all levels.
 In all courses, to develop competencies in the core curriculum of mathematics that prepare students for success in a major program. For majors, to develop competencies in the core curriculum of mathematics that prepare students for success in a graduate program or mathematicallyfocused career.
 Creativity
 To appreciate the sociocultural context of mathematics and its role in human cultures and societies.
 To experience the beauty, creativity, and power of mathematics.
 To develop students’ identity as mathematicians, doers of mathematics, and members of mathematical communities.
 Collaboration
 To offer curricular and cocurricular opportunities for student leadership and collaboration.
 To collaborate with others in posing and addressing problems.
 Communication
 To learn how to effectively communicate one’s mathematical ideas in words, symbols, numbers, and diagrams, both orally and in writing.
 To communicate mathematics at appropriate levels with others inside and outside of the mathematical community.
 Global Responsibility
 To engage the community through applying mathematical knowledge, service learning, internships, and other opportunities.
 To experience nonWesternEuropean mathematics as equally valid forms of mathematical practice.
 To appreciate the contributions of mathematicians from historically minoritized, oppressed, and/or nonEuropean backgrounds.
 Career Planning
 To learn about career opportunities and internships in mathematics and related fields.
Objectives
The Mathematics Program offers an academic major, minor, and applied minor as well as an elementary teaching minor. The curriculum in mathematics at Westminster meets the needs of students preparing to teach mathematics, students planning on graduate studies, students desiring to pursue nonteaching degrees in mathematics, students majoring in other academic disciplines who need a mathematics foundation, and students desiring practice in the art of logical thinking.
Program Requirements
Students must maintain a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA in courses (excluding the world language requirement) required for both the academic major and minors and the teaching minors. For students seeking a mathematics teaching Level 2 endorsement, each course grade must be at least C. No more than six (6) credit hours from May term courses may be applied to the elective upper division mathematics requirement for the academic major. Prerequisite courses must be satisfied with a grade of C or better. Students enrolled in mathematics courses without the required prerequisites may be withdrawn by the instructor.
Students must meet the universitywide graduation requirements in addition to the Mathematics major:
 124 total hours
 30 upper division hours
 WCore or Honors College requirements
Mathematics Major
Requirement Description  Credit Hours  Prerequisites  

I. World Language Requirement  8  


II. Lower Division Courses  24  


III. Upper Division Courses  10  


IV. Electives  15  


V. Required Courses from Other Programs  810  


Total Hours for the Mathematics Major  6567 
*Note: "Doubledipping" is allowed for the computational requirement. For example, a Computer Science major can use credit for CMPT 201 or CMPT 202 to meet this requirement. A Data Science minor can use DATA 360 to satisfy this requirement. However, a student cannot use DATA 360 both to satisfy this requirement and receive upperdivision elective credit in Section IV above for the MATH major.
Recommended Plan of Study
Listed below is a suggested plan of study for completing the mathematics course requirements. Students should check with their advisors at least once a year as course offerings may change from what is listed. Students must also meet universitywide requirements for graduation.
Fall Semester  Spring Semester  

Year 1  DATA 220 or Computational Requirement MATH 201 
MATH 202 MATH 210 
Year 2  DATA 220 or Computational Requirement MATH 203 
WCSAM 203 MATH elective (upper division) 
Year 3  MATH elective (upper division) PHYS 211 
MATH 312 MATH elective (upper division) 
Year 4  MATH 321 MATH elective (upper division) 
MATH 485 
Mathematics Minor
Requirement Description  Credit Hours  Prerequisites  

I. Required Courses  20  


II. Elective Courses  7  


Total Hours for the Mathematics Minor  27 
Applied Minor
Students may count credit hours in sections I and II below toward this minor and toward completion of a major. In other words, this is an exception to the university policy that disallows doublecounting of elective courses.
Requirement Description  Credit Hours  Prerequisites  

I. Required Courses  12  


II. Upper Division Courses  4  


III. Electives  10  


Total Hours for the Applied Minor  26 
Elementary Teaching Minor (Level II)
Requirement Description  Credit Hours  Prerequisites  

I. Required Courses  23  


Total Hours for the Elementary Teaching Minor  23 
Placement in Mathematics Courses
A member of the mathematics faculty should be consulted for any questions about placement in mathematics courses.
Proper placement in mathematics is critical, especially for students registering for a freshmanlevel mathematics course. Students with questions regarding placement should consult with their academic advisors.
Students receiving scores of 4 or 5 on one of the calculus advanced placement examinations receive the following Westminster credit:
Exam  Score  Credit Given 

Calculus AB  45  MATH 201 (4 credits) 
Calculus BC  45  MATH 201 and MATH 202 (8 credits) 